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Tandem Awards and Commendations

We rarely get a chance to honor and recognise the work that the family and friends of those with mental illness and service providers do and the positive impact they make. The Tandem Awards Night was one such rare oppourtunity. 

Nominations were recieved by those whose lives have been improved by the hard work of others. Each story was one of dedication, change and hope and it was our priviliege to take a chance to thank them for their work on behalf of those they care for. 

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Penny Lewisohn
Convenor Emeritus, Inner South Family and Friends

Lindy Alcorn
Mental Health Carer Support Worker, Alfred Health Carer Services

Chair's Award

Dr Hanlie Engelbrecht
Dental Surgeon, Dental Health Services Victoria, Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne

Service Award: Community

Family and Carer Mental Health Support Service, Mallee Family Care

Service Award: Clinical

Multiple Family Group Therapy Team, Waratah Clinic

Individual Highly Commended

Helen Carter
FaPMI (Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness) Coordinator, St Vincent’s Mental Health Service

Faye Hayman
Family Carer Project Worker, Bendigo Psychiatric Services

Sharon Lavery
Carer Consultant, Mildura Base Hospital

Individual Awards

Francis McCormick
Acting Senior Psychiatric Nurse/Consultant, Bendigo Health Psychiatric Service


Mari Neil
Family and Carer Services, Mind Australia

Individual Commendations

Cate Bourke
Manager, Consumer and Carer Workforce, Coordinator, Carer Support, Adult Mental Health Service, Eastern Health

Anna Epifanio
Inner West Area Mental Health Service

Julz Ghaly
North West Community Services, MIND Australia

Janette Korolew
Carer Consultant, Wellways Geelong

Jacinta Kuklych
Carer Consultant & Family Program Manager, Headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program

Diane Leak
UnitingCare Life Assist

Yonas Mihtsuntu

Christina Morgan
Carers Links North

Kris Penny
St Kilda Road Clinic, Alfred Health

Helen Pobie
UnitingCare Life Assist

Ray Smart
Alfred Psychiatry

Robyn Suprun
Eastern Health Adult Mental Health Service